Category Europe

Besty in Bologna

Week 6: Part 2: Day 38 The Bologna Chapter 18th January, 2017 Before this trip, Reuben had a best friend in school for many years named Cormac. As a result we became friends with Cormac’s lovely family including Sonia his mum. They lived near our home in Perth. Due to work and a desire for […]

8 Free Secrets Revealed: 1 Day in Venice

Week 6: Part 2: Day 37 17th January, 2017 Today we were determined to seek out Venice’s best kept secrets and luckily they also came with no expense… Ssh let’s keep them to ourselves… 1. Venetian Glass Roman experience, Byzantine period skills and trade with the Orient led to Venice being a glass-manufacturing centre. One […]

La Serenissima

Week 6: Part 1: Day 34 & 35 15th January, 2017 – 16th January, 2017 Graham and Prunella had last visited Venice in 2000 whilst on their 14 month honeymoon. So it was with a real sense of romance that they looked forward to being here again. Back then when their love story had begun, they […]

Riding the Rails to Naked David

Week 5: Part 2: Day 32 – Day 34 13th January, 2017 – 15th January, 2017 Today we were destined for Florence but not before we catch a glimpse of the spectacular Cinque Terre and give Pamela a little surprise on the way. Although we would view some stunning vistas of the Liguria region from the train, to immerse in the rugged coastline, we chose to […]

La Superba “the Proud one”

Week 5: Part 1: Day 29 – Day 32 10th January, 2017 – 13th January, 2017 This morning meant an early start as we packed last minute items to leave the bosom and warmth of our country hosts, heading again to the brighter city lights. This time through Paris, via Lyon to Genoa. As had happened when […]

Winter Weg: We’ll Always Have Paris

Week 4: Part 2: Day 25 – Day 28 6th January, 2017 – 9th January, 2017 After the delights of Troyes. We left for Paris landing at the Gare de l’Est. We ate a generous cheap meal at a kebab shop across the road from the train station. Be assured that kebab shops are the cheapest place for a […]

Winter Weg: Visiting Freddy

Week 3: Day 15 – Day 21 27nd December, 2016 – 2nd January, 2017 Chalet Shenanigans It was lovely to wake up to a crisp sunny morning in the Alps of Switzerland. We felt lucky to have this opportunity to enjoy yet another stunning part of Switzerland with our friends. We first met couchsurfers Susanna, […]

Winter Weg: The Frozen North

Week 2: Day 7 – Day 14 20th – 26th December 2016 Arriving in Europe On arrival in Denmark, we blearily stepped off the plane into a cold wintry evening.  The cold seeps in through the gaps in the airport bubble where the plane meets the ground. Airport staff joke in Danish.  The airport is […]

Shovel or Make Snow Angels?

Hello World… Hope you are well and dreaming of adventure. We are 🙂 It has been a while. A bit has happened since out last Sabretoothed Chickens family trip to Sumatra in April 2015. In terms of this little blog, it has now reached over 32000 hits and has amost 150 followers. Our facebook fan page […]

Week 50 – Battered Suitcases on the Sidewalk

4th till 10th August, 2014 Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. – Jack Kerouac Heading to Greenwich On our last morning in Oldham, we cooked a huge English breakfast to thank Suzanne and Kieran for their hospitality. Besides the […]

All together now

Week 49 – Friendships Renewed

28th July – 3rd August 2014 Unification On Monday Graham arrived back in Dublin, forty-five minutes early, thanks to a stiff Atlantic tailwind pushing the Aer Lingus flight briskly eastwards.  Not bad, but since this flight thus arrives at Dublin at 0450, this means an hour or so waiting at the airport for the first […]

Week 48 East: Cheshire to Denbighshire

July 20th till 27th, 2014 Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard Chester The Black-and-white Revival was an architectural movement from the middle of the 19th century which re-used the vernacular elements of the past, using […]

Empire Sunset

Week 47 West – A Transatlantic Escapade

14th – 20th July 2014  (Graham) A solo side-trip This week I’m striking out west.  Some time ago in an idle email I mentioned to my ex-colleague and friend Dirk that we’d be in Europe in the northern summer.  He equally casually suggested we head over to New York City, where he has created an […]

Week 47 East: The Lakes to Liverpool – Part 2/2

July 16th till 19th 2014 The general at the radar screen he should have got the sack But that wouldn’t bring Three thousand million, seven hundred, and sixty-eight people back, Would it? Icarus Allsorts, from The Mersey Sound (1967) So from the quiet green of The Lakes we entered the hip urban city of Liverpool. […]

Week 47 East: The Lakes to Liverpool – Part 1/2

13th till 16th of July, 2014 On week 47 of our tour, I scheduled a surprise for the boys. A few days with no gadgets, no TV, no electricity even. Some surprise, huh? An all back to nature, All camping, all hiking, all campfire – boys own adventure – in a gypsy caravan. Day 1 […]

RAF Red Arrows, 50th display season

Week 46 West – I ♥ Aircraft Noise

11th – 13th July 2014 Prunella and the boys have headed off to Oxford and I’m sticking around in Gloucestershire for a couple more days.  John and I drop Prunella and the boys off at the Stroud station and we head home via a hardware store to pick up some cement and aggregate.  We spend […]

Week 46 East – … Urban Utterances: Part 2/2

11th till 13th of July, 2014 City We were welcomed warmly by Louis, who we had co-surfed with us in Delhi. Read about our meeting here. We walked to the city centre and the boys enjoyed playing on a created beach, whilst we ate a hearty pub dinner at The Swan and Castle. Then a […]

Prema Arts Centre

Volunteering, Participation, Donation, Membership, etc. July, 2014 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). Kicking Arts in Gloucestershire! Whilst in the […]

Week 46 – Rural Rambling and … :Part 1/2

July 6th till 10th, 2014 Countryside Day of These Days by Laurie Lee Such a morning it is when love leans through geranium windows and calls with a cockerel’s tongue. When red-haired girls scamper like roses over the rain-green grass; and the sun drips honey. When hedgerows grow venerable, berries dry black as blood, and […]

Week 45 – Red Devils and a Cone of Frites

29th June – 5th July 2014 Brussels On a quiet Sunday morning in Paris we pack our bags and Pierre gives us a lift to the station.  It is all carefully planned, and by the time we have traversed Paris and emerge into the cool and relative quiet of Gare du Nord, we have a […]

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